I don’t think it’s as foundational as first-person shooter, but soulslike definitely seems like it’s as much as thing as roguelike.
Everybody tries to recreate the wonder. I recently played Guild Wars 2 and that has all the mysteriousness you want, but it won’t be the same, because you’re not that age again. It’s not 2004. You can’t just bury yourself in your bedroom and get immersed. I’ve got stuff going on. I’ve got a job, I’ve got a wife, I’m an adult. It’s not a bad thing, it’d be scarier if you hadn’t changed at all. You’re partially nostalgic for the game, but you’re mostly just missing that worry-free lifestyle.
Nostalgia is a hell of a drug.
Would you like to equip the gun rated 65, or the gun rated 57? More compelling dilemmas are found in the tabletop games at the dang Cracker Barrel.
What’s really depressing is that in the world of big-budget games, Destiny is actually kind of a risk-taker!
Try sacrificing a few goats to Satan behind the party near the Goat Protest. You’ll have plenty if you’ve got the power to summon infinite goats.
If you haven’t got that power, humans will have to do. Attack a few party-goers to knock them down, then lick them and drag them up the mountain onto a large glowing satanic symbol. You can’t miss it.
You’ll need five sacrifices in total before you unlock demonic powers. You’ll be able to summon a black hole with Satan’s power, and with that black hole, you should be able to gather all the goats together into one goat singularity, and then carry that singularity elsewhere on the map.
I recommend hiding your goat bodies under the water slide.
It’s easy to come away from this thinking Notch is a bit of an entitled asshole, but I think this is a humanizing look at what it’s like to be just the right guy in the right place at the right time, and who lucked into creating a singular cultural phenomenon. He’s just a guy, like he says:
“People were starting to talk about the concept of Notch, or whatever, like the ideal,” he says, parsing through his two identities. “I thought back to when I met my idols and [realized], ‘Oh s–t, these are real people.'”
When he did have time he always had to download updates on his PS3. Then the games required updates. Most of you understand the quandary: when you only have a spare hour of leisure time in your day, every second counts. A series of updates might actually ruin your planned night of gaming.
The modern gaming user experience is a nightmare of progress bars. Reminds me of this tweet I saw a few weeks ago:
Next-gen gaming pic.twitter.com/cP3sIKtv1u
— David Abrams (@CheapyD) January 16, 2015
Perhaps the most depressing explanation for the industry’s general silence, though, was that when a segment of your audience is threatening violence against your peers for speaking up, the rational response is to protect yourself and let them absorb the heat.
“If someone else is on fire and I try to go put her out, I’m just going to catch on fire myself,” one developer said.